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New book: Victorian Perceptions of Renaissance Architecture

16 April 2014

The second volume of Studies in Art Historiography has just been published: Victorian Perceptions of Renaissance Architecture.

Victorian Perceptions of Renaissance Architecture
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Imprint: Ashgate
Illustrations: Includes 19 b&w illustrations
Published: May 2014
Format: 234 x 156 mm
Extent: 206 pages
Binding: Hardback
ISBN: 978-1-4724-1882-1
ISBN Short: 9781472418821
BL Reference: 724′.120722–dc23
LoC Control No: 2013036152

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Katherine Wheeler, University of Miami, USA
Series : Studies in Art Historiography
In the mid-1880s The Builder, an influential British architectural journal, published an article characterizing Renaissance architecture as a corrupt bastardization of the classical architecture of Greece and Rome. By the turn of the century, however, the same journal praised the Renaissance architect Filippo Brunelleschi as the ‘Christopher Columbus of modern architecture.’ Victorian Perceptions of Renaissance Architecture, 1850-1914 examines these conflicting characterizations and reveals how the writing of architectural history was intimately tied to the rise of the professional architect and the formalization of architectural education in late nineteenth-century Britain. Drawing on a broad range of evidence, including literary texts, professional journals, university curricula, and census records, Victorian Perceptions reframes works by seminal authors such as John Ruskin, Walter Pater, John Addington Symonds, and Geoffrey Scott alongside those by architect-authors such as William J. Anderson and Reginald Blomfield within contemporary architectural debates. Relevant for architectural historians, as well as literary scholars and those in Victorian studies, Victorian Perceptions reassesses the history of Renaissance architecture within the formation of a modern, British architectural profession.
Contents: Introduction; The sins of the Renaissance: John Ruskin and the rise of the professional architect; Embracing decadence: Walter Pater’s and John Addington Symonds’s Renaissance; ‘It is time to be rational’: William J. Anderson’s The Architecture of the Renaissance in Italy; The Renaissance as an English style: J. Alfred Gotch, Reginald Blomfield, and the English Renaissance; Experiencing the Renaissance: Geoffrey Scott’s The Architecture of Humanism; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
About the Author: Katherine Wheeler is Assistant Professor of Practice, University of Miami, USA.Extracts from this title are available to view:

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